Sunday, May 20, 2018

SOBEWFF Burger Bash 2018

Yeah, I know it was like 3 months ago, but whatever. Here are a few pics from the Burger Bash in South Beach this year. Lots of great food and hot chicks and music and dancing and crowds and friends and nice people and some Amstel and Bacardi!

This "vehicle" was parked outside the hotel hosting the Burger Bash! Sign me up for delivery boy!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Super Bock

I went to a party probably a few months ago now. It was at a wine bar in Miami so when I saw a beer option other than the blech that is Heineken, I jumped on it! Super Bock, really? Is this a rebranded Bud joke here in Miami? NOPE!

Super Bock is actually an imported brand from Unicer S.A. Leca Do Balio out of Portugal. 11.2 oz bottles, 5.2% alcohol. Pretty strange find right? Not sure why importing pretty simple beers with enormous competition at great expense is a good idea, but perhaps this beer is freaking money!

As one of my wife's friends continued to hit on me (and others) the entire night, even in front of my wife, I calmly chilled with my Super Bock! Very simple beer, a little malty and with decent enough flavor to continue drinking them. Obviously I was also sneaking shots of whisky from my flask but in a pinch, Super Bock fucking rocks! Or is super or whatever.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Two Tickets

Here's a great story on how Facebook is a force for good! You can read David Minsky's work here about how Gravity Brewlab's (collaboration with Evil Twin) Two Tickets Grand Cru was born while I'll just give the CliffsNotes (if you don't know what that is, Google it!)

The story is on the pounder can too. Basically, Evil Twin's Jeppe needed a pair of Radiohead tickets and one of Gravity's friends had them. Those tickets became the name of the beer and the reason the two breweries connected and collaborated on this beer. Peruvian influences in this beer include a fruit called lucuma and coffee. 11% alcohol.

Great aroma full of sugar and candy and caramel and coffee and plums with a slightly fruity background. Effervescent. Nice tartness, nice fruity carriage for the rest of the flavors.

Candy, caramel, rich and full of dart fruit. After a while, you'll figure out what the lucuma smells and tastes like, very distinct. Coffee is there but not too pronounced, a nuance at best. Yum!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1 Imperial Pilsner

Tampa Bay Brewing recently released a collaboration beer they did with Cigar City called 1 Imperial Pilsner. Part of their Hop Silo Series, this beer is brewed with Czech, Saaz, Hallertauer and Mittelfruh hops. Brewed in celebration of TBBW 2018 and I guess the left overs were put in pounder cans and sent over to me! Beer Advocate says this is 8% alcohol, so I'll go with that.

Lightly grainy and hoppy aroma. Sweet grain and hoppy balance to start. You will definitely know it's an imperial as the alcohol is noticeable. Floral, grassy, clean. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout

"Don't say we didn't warn you, Comrade!" is how Stone introduces their Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout on the website. I prefer the bottle copy story titled "Bespoke Totalitarianism for the Proletariat Diaspora" which is classic Stone marketing department. "You'll struggle for headway against the dark beast in your hand, one freedom fighting sip at a time." 10.6% alcohol. 70 IBU.

Blacker than black color. Chocolaty aroma, not that totalitarian. Flavors are much bigger and diverse, starting with some chocolate, cocoa and dark cherries. An excellent roasty flavor accompanied by some smoke and even a hint of char follows.

Light coffee, maybe a hint of licorice. The alcohol really brings out that streak of tart cherries. Very nice beer, though I would have preferred just a small sweet olive branch from the beast!

Monday, April 30, 2018

NO CRUSTS Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale

I recently saw Funky Buddha's NO CRUSTS Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale on the local liquor store shelves. I've had it at the brewery but decided this bottle needed a new home.

The label art is great. In kind of a barber-shop type setting, the peanut barber gives the bread a crust cut. I think the peanut's bicep tattoo is the artist's name, but I lost my magnifying glass to say for sure the name. 6.4% alcohol. 36 IBU.

Chocolate aroma with some jelly and jam. VERY Interesting flavors! A nice choco-brown ale in the background supports the rest of the flavors. A fruity, strawberry jam-like burst comes at the beginning of each sip. The brown ale cocoa washes that away then a distinct wave of peanut butter flavors crazily comes in the finish.

Not sweet, medium body, definitely delivers on its name. A classic from Funky Buddha!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dragons & YumYums

Dogfish Head's Dragons & YumYums is up for today. This beer is a "Vinyl Collaboration" with The Flaming Lips, and its label features the art of Marc Spusta as part of the brewery's off-centered art series.

This pale ale is brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passion fruit, pear and black carrot juices. I'm pretty sure Dogfish made a few of those up, LOL! Those ingredients inspired the band to write an original theme song for this beer! 6.5% alcohol.

Pinkish, orange, rose color. Very fruity aroma full of passion fruit, sweet juicy. The flavors also start very fruity and tangy, but it's very difficult to put a finger on any ingredient. Fruity madness going in every direction!

There is a tea-like herbal flavor in the background. Nicely bitter and a little spicy at the finish. I'm not sure all those fruity flavors go together in harmony, but this is certainly interesting. It took the whole bottle, and I'm still not sure I have it figured out!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Baby Horse Quadrupel Ale

So I recently saw a new 21st Amendment beer with an interesting name: Baby Horse Quadrupel Ale. Oh, of course. The beer is brewed with a malt bill equal to the weight of a baby horse! And I thought me fucking around and telling people I weigh 14 stones was pretty funny. 9.5% alcohol.

Sweet caramel and figgy kind of aroma. Flavors are rich and chewy with a candy sweetness to start. Figs and dates add more richness and sweetness, but the beer really isn't too sweet. All was cut a bit by the alcohol presence.

Creamy, nice texture, caramel and butterscotch and a little spiciness round things out. Tasty beer!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tequila Barrel Lime Gose Sour Ale

A few days ago, I checked out Boulevard Brewing's Tequila Barrel Lime Gose Sour Ale. Their web site says it's infused with sea salt, coriander and lime peel before meeting the tequila barrel. 4.2% alcohol. 11 IBU. Best By 19NOV2018

Lemony and salty aroma with a woody hint. Nicely tart to start. Lemony, limey, zesty and salty. There is definitely a tequila nuance in the background too, not too potent. Refreshing, tasty. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Visit to Tarpon River Brewing

After leaving Prosperity Brewers in Boca Raton, we headed down I-95 to another pretty new spot: Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. This brewery is a long-talked-about partnership between Julian and Lisa Seigel (Riverside Market, duh) and Adam Fine (Native Brewing, also duh).

There was a lot going on! Inside a tap room full of patrons, eating from a nice menu and drinking beers as well. There was also plenty of outside seating and views of the tanks and brewery in action.

The back of the brewery looked like there is plenty of room for expansion too. At one point, I popped my head into a room near the kitchen. There was a pretty spacious banquet room that looked ready for use that evening.

We decided on a flight of beers and my wife insisted on the Giant Pretzel. That was a good call!
Our flight consisted of WC Stash, their West Coast style IPA, The Pink Slip, a Belgian style wit with raspberries, Parkland Pale Ale and Good as Gold American Lager.

I like the IPA and thought the raspberry wit was very interesting. I was surprised how busy the place was, but good food and people and a great location does that for you! Check it out!


Monday, April 23, 2018

A Visit to Prosperity Brewers

A few weeks ago, my wife and I headed up to Boca Raton to check out Prosperity Brewers. We were greeted at the door by a lazy bulldog stretched out on the floor. The tasting area had some nice custom tables as well as a few nooks to relax on some couches. 

We headed to the bar to decide which beers to check out. Very creative names, so creative that the bartender needed to explain some to me, like their Raspberry HEF-A-U (remember, someone from Miramar might not know that FAU has their main campus in Boca). I also like the Intra-Kolsch-Tal name.

So you can do a flight of 4-6 beers. I picked out 5 to try, and the flight was served on a curved plank of wood, perhaps from an old barrel. The concept was cool, but the shallow carved glass spots seemed like a pretty risky way for drinkers to transport beer! Anyway, I'm happy to report no incidents on my part.

I chose Intra-Kolsch-Tal, Raspberry HEF-A-U, Clutch Plate IPA, Peach Gose and Red IPA. We enjoyed each of them. The Peach Gose wasn't overly sour or tart and delivered a lot of peach. the Kolsch was nice and refreshing.

My wife decided the rich malty Red IPA with a little spicy bitter background was her favorite, and mine was Clutch Plate IPA brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Mosaic hops. We each had a pint of those after the flight.

Nice place. Good ambiance. Comfortable. Friendly staff. Had a decent crowd for mid-afternoon on a Saturday. Check it out!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brewers' Pale Ale Nelson Hop Blend

A new Anchor Brewing beer? Yes, please! Today I picked up Brewers' Pale Ale: Nelson Hop Blend. I'm not sure if that means there is to be a series with different hop varieties, but I can definitely imagine that. 5.3% alcohol.

Citrusy aroma full of tangerines, tangy. Nicely bitter with a lot of orange citrus rind. And still tangy. Lightly spicy, well balanced with a sweeter background. Very flavorful, easy drinking beer! Check it out.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The krHOPen India Pale Ale

Today I'm checking out Evans Brewing's The krHOPen India Pale Ale. A story can tell you about the krHOPen which apparently attacked sailors and divers trying to harvest underwater sea hops. Bomber bottle has terrific label art! 6.0% alcohol. 73 IBU

Hoppy aroma, a bit dank. Pretty bitter out of the gate. Dank, a bit astringent, some floral and citrus. Kind of dirty, one note, wasn't that good, just bitter. The end!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Upslope Coffee Brown Ale

Upslope's Coffee Brown Ale is the latest in their Tap Room Series, featuring Ozo Mocha Java coffee. 6.7% alcohol. 45 IBU. Pounder can.

Lots of coffee in the aroma with a chocolate background. Big rich coffee flavors dominate the start. Some cocoa power and a very nice roast come next.

The coffee has a bitter, acrid aspect, not pleasant. Some creamy, chocolaty sweetness does try to balance that but comes up short. Was OK, didn't like the edge from the coffee.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hop Shovel IPA

Bear Republic Hop Shovel IPA recently hit my local liquor store shelves. Their Racer 5 IPA has always been a favorite so I decided to check this out. There's a story about the name of the beer which ends with "enjoy a shovel's worth!" 7.5% alcohol.

Citrus and pine aroma, and you can work for a little tropical mango.  Pine flavors come first, spicy with plenty of hoppy dankness. Fruity sweet behind the scenes, orange and mango. Leans nicely bitter. Different.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Genesee Brew House Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale

Yeah I know it's kind of a crappy photo. Sorry.
Genesee Brew House Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale. 7.5% alcohol

Amazing aroma full of dark chocolate. Like "make-out" level aroma!

Flavors come with some chocolate but a little more rich caramel and an alcohol kick. On the sweeter side which could have used a little more balance, but not bad!

Monday, March 12, 2018

4Front IPA

Today I'm checking out the fairly new (at least to Florida) Victory Brewing 4 Front IPA. 5.5% alcohol.

Fruity, tangerine citrus aroma. Similar flavors full or oranges and tangerines, bright with a nice little spicy and prickly carbonation bite. Good bitterness. Easy drinker, tasty and refreshing.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Double IPA

Sierra Nevada's Fresh Hop Double IPA is part of their Fresh Hop Variety Pack. The brewery website says this beer is a showcase for field-fresh Simcoe hops. 8.0% alcohol.

Very hoppy aroma full of grapefruit with a caramel backdrop. Super fresh! Hoppy, lots of grapefruit and citrus, a bit spicy. Not overly bitter (like a much softer Torpedo) with a nice caramel backbone.

Balanced and refined with a nice body. Lingering bitterness. Good but Sierra Nevada sets the bar as expert IPA brewers, and I like a lot of their other work better. That mixed 12 pack though is money and value!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale

Tampa Bay Brewing's Quat is their seasonal fruit ale brewed with locally-grown Kumquats. Nicely decorated pounder can with a little story to set your expectations. "Pairs well with the Florida lifestyle."

Tangy, very kumquatty aroma. Kumquat and orange tanginess to start. A little acidic, sour, sharp. Then plenty of citrus show up to the party to take a little of that edge off.

Kumquats have a very distinct flavor, lightly bitter, fruity sour, refreshing. I'm not sure kumquats are exactly my thing, but for sure you should check out this beer!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trickster IPA

Today I'm checking out Green Man's Trickster IPA. This beer is brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic and El Dorado hops. 76 IBU. 7% alcohol. Pounder can.

Bright lemony citrus aroma. Sharp candied lemon peel flavors move to softer fruity flavors. Hints of apple and tangerine, lots of orange citrus. Lightly spicy, grassy, touch of pine, nicely bitter.

I liked it a lot, though while I'll cede "hints" of tropical fruits, I'm not sure this is a "tropical IPA disturbance." I do suppose citrus also equals tropics, but I was expecting mangoes and peaches and pineapples in my face.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chocolatte Porter

Chocolatte Porter sounds delicious, right? Yeah! And I don't know who Evans Brewing has doing their label art, but this bomber label is awesome! Workers are diligently mining coffee and chocolate, presumably for this beer. 6.8% alcohol. 15.5 IBU.

Chocolate and coffee aroma. Similar flavors, chocolate and cocoa with a little roast and just a touch of coffee. On the flattish and sweet side, though the texture is creamy and nice.

Definitely wanted more roast or bitterness to take the sweet edge off. And a few bubbles. Check it out if and let me know what you think. It seems a few modifications could greatly improve this beer!